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2019 TOP 50 ALBUMS
It's that time of year. (12/10a)
HIPGNOSIS NABS KAISERS
Merck predicts a riot. (12/10a)
2019 MARKETSHARE:
SHOCK OF THE NEW
They got a name for the winners in the world. (12/10a)
NEAR TRUTHS: YEAR-END WRAP-UP, PART 1
Guess who's on top of the heap...again. (12/10a)
SECRET SANTA’S
SURPRISE PACKAGE
We hope he/she makes the delivery. (12/10a)
EGGNOG!
Ours is mostly bourbon.
MISTLETOE!
Delicious in salads.
CHESTNUTS!
Ours are roasting, but it could be these slim-fit jeans.
WEED!
An entire Christmas tree made of it. Is what we want. for Christmas.
Critics' Choice
SEAN MCCONNELL: A TROUBADOUR BREAKS OUT
6/2/16

Sean McConnell has seen his songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride, the Eli Young Band and the cast of TV's Nashville, among many others. He's also put out a handful of well-received albums of his own. But his new set on Rounder is his most accomplished yet, and reflects both finely honed songcraft and emotional depth. Among the standouts: the wistful "Holy Days," the Mellencampian "Ghost Town," future Valentine's Day standard "Best We've Ever Been" and the exquisite "Queen of Saint Mary's Choir."

His voice sounds gorgeous, and the production—by the Nashville team of Ian Fitchuk and Jason Lehning—is crystalline. Is McConnell ready to become a star himself? Judging by this stellar set, we'd say yes.